Week 4 of the 2012-13 NBA season is about to begin, and fantasy basketball owners need to make some lineup adjustments in order to find success over this Nov. 19 through Nov. 25 time period.
Let’s take a look at some star players who will excel over the course of the new few games and some who will struggle or flame out after a hot start.
We’ll also give you advice on who to claim from the waiver wire, as a number of role players have stepped up over the past few days and look like real assets with a chance to contribute significant numbers.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the studs, duds and waiver steals of Week 4.
Week 4 Studs
Anthony Davis, PF/C, New Orleans Hornets
After missing some time due to injury, Davis has developed into an absolute force during the early portions of his rookie season.
He’s averaging 16 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, 1.0 steal and 0.8 assists with just 1.5 turnovers in six games of play. The Hornets No.1 overall pick is also decent around the rim and great at the stripe, hitting 49.3 percent from the field and 83.8 percent on free-throw attempts.
With upcoming games against the Knicks, Pacers, Suns and Nuggets, you can expect similar or elevated performances from the young star this week.
Brandon Jennings, PG, Milwaukee Bucks
Jennings might get some flak for being a shoot-first point guard who doesn’t want to involve his teammates, but fantasy owners haven’t minded. Plus, he’s been dishing enough times to keep everyone happy.
Through eight games, the 23-year-old is averaging 17.5 points, 8.0 assists, 3.0 rebounds and a ridiculous 3.3 steals.
He’s bound to go off against the Bobcats on Monday night and should get his numbers against Miami on Wednesday. His toughest matchup is against Chicago on Saturday, but there are no signs of this emerging star slowing down.
Kevin Durant, SF, Oklahoma City Thunder
KD is an absolute fantasy stud, and he’s putting up amazing points for those who were lucky enough to get a shot at drafting him.
No matter what type of defenses get thrown at him, the Thunder star overcomes and thrives. He’s putting up his usual eye-popping figures, averaging 24.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks.
He is able to stuff the stat sheet and reward fantasy owners with great numbers in all categories—as a first-round pick should . With the Clippers, Celtics and 76ers on the schedule, he might see a slight dip in production, but we imagine Durant will find a way to contribute and help you win.
Week 4 Duds
Chris Bosh, PF/C, Miami Heat
The third wheel of the Heat’s trio of stars has nicely adjusted to his role as the starting pivot and has helped owners with 19.6 points, 7.3 boards, 1.5 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
However, Miami has an lax schedule this week with just two matchups to play, and both are on the road. We think Bosh is going to get less touches and see his numbers dip a bit as coach Erik Spoelstra attempts to give some players a breather and rejuvenate them for December while working to get ‘Bron and Wade back in sync.
Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers
Having played with two coaches already this season, Bryant’s production hasn’t wavered. He’s knocking down 52.8 percent of his FG attempts and banging 40.5 percent of three-point shots while also helping out with 26.4 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 steals.
What we are concerned about is coach Mike D’Antoni’s arrival in Hollywood. He could debut as early as Tuesday against Brooklyn, and it’s unknown how his style change will impact the rejuvenated Black Mamba.
While it would be insane to take Kobe out of your starting lineup, be aware that his numbers are likely to fluctuate until the team gets Steve Nash back and D’Antoni figures out how to incorporate Bryant into the system.
Rudy Gay, SG, Memphis Grizzlies
With the Grizzlies off to an 8-1 start, it’s been one of the most shocking surprises of the early season. Much of that credit goes to Gay, who is putting up a solid 19.8 points, 2.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.2 blocks.
However, the team is bound to cool off, and we believe that Gay’s owners will suffer when that happens. Memphis will play Denver and the Lakers this coming week, and both have capable defenders (Andre Iguodala and Bryant/Metta World Peace, respectively) looking to lock down the Grizz’s leading scorer.
Don’t be upset when Gay’s numbers drop off in Week 4, as it was bound to happen.
Week 4 Waiver Additions
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Kyle Korver, SG/SF, Atlanta Hawks
Once just a three-point specialist, Korver has fought his way up the depleted Hawks depth chart and now starts at the 2 for the franchise.
He may not log a ton of minutes, but he’s still popping threes (2.5 per game), grabbing boards (3.9/G), dishing dimes (1.9/G) and pilfering (1.1/G).
Pick up Korver now if you have percentage woes (Korver hits 48.3 percent of field goals and 46.5 percent on deep attempts) or need someone to fill up the three-point category.
Samuel Dalembert C, Milwaukee Bucks
Dalembert is the Bucks' most reliable interior presence, and he’s putting up points in the paint and cleaning the glass.
While you may be leery of wasting a waiver claim on this journeyman, just look at his recent games: In 20 minutes against New Orleans, Dalembert put up 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked a shot. Versus Indiana, the big man piled in 14 points, pulled down six boards and had three swats, plus a steal.
As long as the Bucks keep relying on the 10-year veteran over Larry Sanders in the middle, he’s only going to get better and improve those recent figures.
Metta World Peace, SF/PF, Los Angeles Lakers
The man formerly known as Ron Artest may be an afterthought in the Lakers offense, but he shouldn’t be in fantasy basketball.
After struggling the past two seasons, MWP has found his role on the team and is averaging 13.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals. He’s also capable of blowing up, as evidenced by his recent performance against the Suns.
World Peace buried 7-of-14 shot attempts (5-10 from three) for 22 points, grabbed six boards, dished three dimes and blocked a shot.
If he’s not owned in your fantasy league, claim the Lakers fifth man.
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